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Carolyn Von WalterFWS – Love Stories10/11/12Essay 4 Lady Chatterley’s LoverMr. Griffith is correct when he states that D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover focuses on “the pleasure, the satisfaction, and the sensuality of the episode”, but the plot doesn’t serve the purpose of obscenity, rather the obscenity in the novel advances the plot. The obscenity in the novel highlights character development, whether it’s regression or progression, and it also highlights motifs of class systems and class division and the idea of reintegrating the mind and the body. Contrary to what Mr. Griffith-Jones argues in the Opening Address for the Prosecution, the opening paragraph of D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover establishes the political and social context of that “we’ve got to live, no matter how many skies have fallen.” (Lawrence 1). The opening paragraph suggests that the novel is about self-exploration and the sexual content in the novel heightens the self-exploration of the characters within the novel. Connie Chatterley undergoes a lot of self-exploration during her youth and adulthood, and even though the war brought a lot of misfortune for Connie, “she had realized that one must live and learn.” (Lawrence 1). The Great War had rendered Clifford Chatterley impotent, ending the minimal physical connection that the Clifford couple had shared. Connie therefore had to cope not only with her husband’s physical and emotional wounds, but also with her own emotional wounds and physical desires. The sexual episodes that are seen throughout the novel are moments of self-exploration for Connie, where she attempts to find meaning and connectivity with someone and within herself.
Though there is a lot of emphasis on pleasure throughout the novel, the characters’ intimate relationships and physical satisfaction allows for character development in the novel.